Botanical Menagerie showcases Father and Daughter team

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with Jim Hastings and daughter Zoe. Both artists, they are featured in Texas Discovery Gardens’ summer exhibit. Botanical Menagerie features ink and watercolor pieces that tie our urban existence in with the natural world, of which we often forget we are a part.

The family-oriented show opens Friday so that guests can enjoy it over Mother’s Day.

About the artists: Zoe Hastings is a junior at Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Zoe also works as a studio assistant at Studio Arts Dallas. Jim Hastings is an artist and educator. Jim has a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and a MA in Art Education from The University of North Texas. Jim has 5 children, of which Zoe is his oldest.

Artists’ Statement: Plants and flowers are commonly used to decorate or soften our industrialized environments. Living in the city, it is easy to feel that our boxed-in existence separates us from the larger, more diverse world, outside. We have attempted to use plant life to enhance our subjects, and to interconnect them, whether they are human beings or animals. We are all connected to the earth for our survival and happiness, in these images we have shown some of the beauty we have observed and imagined.

-- Jim Hastings

This exhibition in Texas Discovery Gardens’ gallery is curated by Janet Reynolds.

Opening Reception: 6 pm to 8 pm Friday, May 9, 2014. Free admission for visitors attending the reception.

Runs: May 9, 2014 through August 31, 2014. Texas Discovery Gardens admission applies. $8/adults, $6/ages 60+, and $4/ages 3 to 11. Free for members or on Tuesdays (butterfly house admission regular price).

'Sophie,' a Collaboration between Jim and Zoe Hastings

'Sophie,' Collaborative piece between Jim Hastings and Zoe Hastings